Music Scholarship Guidelines & Application Process

AUDITIONS for 2013-2014 Academic Year - Sunday, March 10th, 2013

The Music Department of Sonoma State University is pleased to announce an open competition for scholarships in Music for the academic year 2012-2013. Scholarships ranging from $500 to $2500 per year will be offered for all woodwind, brass, string and percussion instruments, piano, voice and composition. The Department does not offer graduate scholarships.

I. Application Materials: 

Applicants for Music Scholarships must submit ALL of the following materials. These materials must be postmarked no later than Monday, February 11, 2013, in order to be considered.

  1. A written statement of approximately one page, typewritten, double-spaced, on your musical background (specify what instrument or area you are auditioning in) and career goals. Show how your academic career is aimed at furthering those goals.
  2. Two letters of recommendation from persons who know your musical background and potential (parents or friends not included). Recommenders should be identified by title or their relationship to you. Current SSU students must have one letter of recommendation from an SSU music faculty member.
  3. Transcripts for the two most recent academic years. Students currently in residence at SSU may request that a transcript from their files in the Music Department be appended to the application. PLEASE NOTE: A student's GPA will be a factor in the selection process.

Submit all materials in one package to:

Music Department Scholarship Committee
Sonoma State University
1801 East Cotati Avenue
Rohnert Park, CA. 94928

II. Auditions: 

Applicants living within 250 miles of Sonoma State University are required to audition on campus. Live auditions will be held Sunday, March 10th, 2013. Applicants living more than 250 miles from campus may opt to submit a DVD recording. Applicants in composition must send a score and a recording of an original work.

The audition should be no longer than ten minutes in length. It is highly suggested you prepare two pieces in contrasting styles that demonstrate your musicality and technique.

An accompanist will be provided for classical performers (applicants must provide piano score). Jazz performers prepare two contrasting tunes using Aebersold-type play-along accompaniments. Jazz drummers must demonstrate 4/4, 3/4, and Latin tempos. 

Applicants should bring three copies of their music for the committee.

Scholarship awards will be announced by April 8, 2013.

Acceptance Conditions

Conditions of scholarship acceptance are:

  1. Residency requirement
  2. Minimum music course load (6 units/semester)
  3. Active participation in required ensembles
  4. Minimum 2.5 GPA with no grade lower than a C in any music course
  5. Attendance at Scholarship Award Ceremony
  6. Four-year maximum of support for freshmen; three for transfer students; five for full-time music education credential students.


 Contact the Music Department Office at 707-664-2324.